Trading with eToro from Qatar [Commission Free on Stocks and ETFs]

eToro is a popular CFD Trading platform in the Middle East

Is eToro available in Qatar?


First things first, many locals ask about the availability of eToro, and the answer is yes, eToro is available to clients who live in Qatar



What is eToro?


eToro is an online broker that offers one of the top trading platforms worldwide. Founded in 2007, the company is headquartered in Cyprus. eToro is the most important Social Trading platform: It allows investors to research other users' investment strategies. When saying investment strategies, we are not only referring to general parameters but practically all trader's investment history, orders, traded financial assets, and track record (Earnings or historical losses).  With all this available info, eToro then allows users to "Copy" other users' portfolios and, in turn, allows one to be copied by other users (as long as the profile is set up as public). This means that you may attract traders to invest in your own trading strategies, which in turn generates money in the form of commissions.



eToro's CopyTrader Platform


Since eToro's Social Trading platform was launched in 2010, the Broker has incorporated many improvements to its platform, including the possibility of choosing the leverage level of each trade, the possibility that any average Joe may receive commissions when copied by other investors [By becoming a 'Popular Investor']. eToro's Trading platform also allows 'copying' thematic portfolios in the "CopyPortfolios" section. Among some of the thematic portfolios available, some invest in Cryptocurrencies, Medicinal Cannabis, Travel Industry, BioTech, Internet, Drones, among many others.


Bid and Ask order types available on eToro's Platform


When trading any financial instrument, eToro's Trading platform allows the following functionalities:


  • Take Profit: When using this functionality, you may specify a maximum value when the trade should be closed automatically. In other words, if a financial asset rises, the trader can "protect the profits" by cashing in the profits.

  • Stop Loss: Alternatively, when using the Stop Loss functionality, a minimum price should be specified at which the position traded on the financial instrument should be closed automatically. In other words, if the financial asset's price falls, the trader can minimise the losses of the trade to the specified price level.

  • Limit Order: You may use a limit to buy or sell a stock at a specific price or better. A buy limit order is executed at the limit price or lower, and a sell limit order is completed at the limit price or higher.

  • Leverage Level: eToro's platform allows Traders to choose each trade's leverage level. Depending on the instrument, the level of available leverage will vary. In particular, when you select leverage level 1 for equity markets, you are acquiring an instrument as you would obtain the actual stock.



Is eToro a trustworthy broker? Is eToro regulated in Qatar?


eToro is regulated in the UK, US, Cyprus and Australia:


  • eToro (UK) Ltd. is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA),

  • eToro (Europe) Ltd. is regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and retains a cross border license from the CySEC to offer its services in member states of the European Economic Area, and outside of it.

  • Member of the NFA (National Futures Association).

  • eToro USA is operated by eToro USA LLC, which is registered with FinCEN as a Money Services Business.

  • eToro Australia Pty Ltd is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).


UK's FCA is considered the strictest regulator in the world, implying that eToro is a very reliable Broker, since it has to comply with very strong regulation on its operation and customer care. Having said this, it's important to remark that eToro is not regulated by the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA), meaning that it is not regulated locally. So, if you decide to open an account, you will have to go with one of the jurisdictions named above.



Forex & CFD instruments offered by eToro


  • Forex: +47 currency pairs – Majors, minors, and exotics.

  • Stocks: eToro offers +1,800 CFDs on Stocks from 12 major Stock Exchanges, among which there are the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, London Stock Exchange and Xetra, four of the most popular Stock Exchanges among investors.

  • ETFs: CFDs on 145 ETFs from iShares, Vanguard, PIMCO, Invesco, Market Vectors, Horizons, among other asset managers.

  • Commodities: CFDs on 13 commodities, being Gold and Oil the most popular among traders in Qatar.

  • Indices: 13 major Stock Exchange indices.

  • Cryptocurrencies: CFDs on 17 cryptocurrencies.

  • Thematic Portfolios: CFDs on 19 Trading ideas [Portfolios] like Food And Drink, eSports, 5G among others.

  • Social Trading: As mentioned before, eToro offers the possibility of acquiring portfolios developed by other traders using the platform via it's 'CopyPortfolio' feature.

eToro's trading platform is simple to use and has an excellent user experience.

Opening a CFD trading account with eToro from Qatar


As well as any other online service, opening a  trading account with eToro from Qatar is a process that takes only a few minutes and requires a valid ID (Qatar ID or Passport) and a proof of address (e.g. QPower bill, or a bank account statement), which should be uploaded through eToro's website. 


Should everything be approved by eToro, the account would be operational in less than a day. You may deposit and withdraw money through:


  • Credit Cards

  • International Bank Transfer

  • eWallets: PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, WebMoney, UnionPay


Opening a Demo Account is free, so you may try the Demo, test it, and then decide whether you will deposit funds or not. 



Does eToro offer Islamic accounts? Am I allowed to Trade if I am Muslim?


Yes - eToro offers Islamic accounts. And how do they work? An Islamic account is a halal trading account available to clients who respect the Quran and wish to invest while following Islamic finance principles. Islamic trading accounts differ in several ways from regular Forex accounts. 


As Sharia law prohibits the accumulation of interest, traders with Islamic accounts do not pay or receive interest rates. Also, transactions in Islamic accounts have to be completed without delays, so currencies must be transferred from one account to another immediately, and transaction costs must also be paid simultaneously. Islamic accounts are also known as swap-free accounts because of this, and they follow four basic principles to be considered Halal:


  • Prohibition of payment and receipt of any interest rate (Riba)

  • Immediate exchanges in the context of trading operations

  • Prohibition of gambling

  • Distribution of risks and benefits



What's eToro's Minimum Deposit in Qatar?


We have saved good news for the last paragraph: Opening an account with Real funds requires USD 200 only. If you choose an Islamic account, the minimum initial deposit is USD 1,000. 


Good luck, and we hope you make money with this popular Trading Platform.


Update on eToro's minimum deposit (Jan 11th, 2021): eToro has seen an unprecedented demand for its services from new users. To manage demand and ensure the existing community of 17M registered users can continue to access eToro’s services uninterrupted, the minimum deposit for new users was temporarily increased to $1000.


Update (Jan 15th, 2021): New temporary minimum of $500.


Update (Jan 18th, 2021): Minimum amount changed back to $200.

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